READING — Alex Rodriguez went 2 for 4 with a 400-foot home run in his first rehab appearance with Double-A Trenton.
Rodriguez played seven innings in the Thunder’s game against the Reading Fightin Phils on Monday night.
The New York Yankees third baseman had struggled in his first eight rehab games in Class-A, but looked comfortable in his first Eastern League game.
He had a tough 12-pitch battle with Reading left-hander Austin Wright in his second at-bat, fouling off six two-strike pitches before hitting a high hopper to third. The ball glanced off third baseman Maikel Franco’s glove and was ruled a single.
Rodriguez grounded out to shortstop in his first at-bat, homered in his third at-bat and struck out swinging in his final at-bat in the seventh.
The 37-year-old, 14-time All-Star handled every chance in the field flawlessly.
He will rehab again with the Thunder in Reading on Tuesday and possibly Wednesday.